Art at Leadenham CE Primary School continues the project based approach that many of our other subjects follow. Each project, also known as artistic study, consists of eight individual steps:



Providing the children with a stimulus, e.g. a William Morris print is a good starting point for the deep study. This is discussed in detail and used as inspiration for gather/research and initial ideas.



Children gather and research images, fabric etc. to present in their own way, like a mood board. An artistic study will also be carried out at this stage looking closely at the artist’s background, life and work.

Skills development (Media)

Taken from the checklist of art skills Key Stage 1/2 and skills required for intended study outcome. Skills development will allow the children to become familiar with the mediums they are going to be using to create their final piece. Experimentation and exploration is necessary and very essential.

Skills development (DLT)

The aim of this session is to allow children to use their drawing skills in a drawing context. The teachers demonstrate or model the basic technique. This skills-based approach helps children to understand how to create certain effects. If they have increased control and understanding of different media use, they will be able to experiment with more confidence and be empowered to express themselves.

Forest art work

Lines – Children's exploration of different lines in different media enable them to use a range of lines in their own work. These activities will open their eyes to a huge variety of lines that they can use and suggests direction, divides space and has length, width, tone and texture. Lines can enclose or define shapes, and can suggest contours.

Tone – Children use tone to create illusion of form and solidity, to create mood or to direct the viewer’s attention. Tone creates interest and drama and is an essential tool for drawing. It helps children understand that colours have tone and shading techniques. Some of the most subtle tonal effects are made by blending or smudging.

Pattern – Pattern is a repeat of lines, shapes or colours. Pattern falls roughly into three groups: regular, irregular and unintentional pattern. Inspiration for pattern can come from anything, like the spots of a leopard. The simplest pattern can consist of a single shape, line or colour, repeated in a regular way. An un-intentional pattern that consists of families of shapes. Collecting, analysing and creating patterns leads very naturally to print-making, which is an essential experience for children to take part in.

Initial studies

Children carry out initial studies and ideas in preparation for their final piece. All ideas are recorded in either a sketchpad or/and portfolio.

Final piece

The final piece of work brings together all skills development sessions and initial ideas. Children also come up with a title for their piece of work and a statement.


Children communicate their ideas to another class or their own. The children will explain the process they have been through fully and explain the relevant skills they have used.


Learning evaluation

Based on the communication feedback and reflection, children evaluate their work in detail.

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